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The 37th annual Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is was held on Sat September 16, 2006. The balloons are all setup close together in a large field and then they started inflating slowly. The race is called a "tortoise and hare" race because a lead balloon takes off and lands at a distant area - the "tortoise". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hares") and find the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "tortoise" wins the race.

We started out with a demonstration of precision parachuting. After the last parachutist lands it is time for the race to begin.

This event took place in Forest Park (http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark ) which is in the center of St Louis and is 40% bigger than Central Park in New York City.

This is the only balloon race that starts out inside a major metropolitan city in the United States. All of the other major balloon events take place just outside of the cities.
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Oct 08 2006 02:43 GMT junne PRO
brilliant against the scy scraper
Oct 08 2006 03:59 GMT Afrogie
Stunning color! This series keeps getting better and better!
Oct 08 2006 08:14 GMT Prikthai
I never go inside. To dangerous for me!!!!
Oct 08 2006 08:33 GMT soldier
Wonderful!!! (as usually)
Oct 08 2006 10:14 GMT a0000a PRO
perfect colors!
Oct 08 2006 11:22 GMT rohtas
beautiful colours!....
Oct 08 2006 12:26 GMT Poulet PRO
Wonderful shot!! :))
Oct 18 2006 19:56 GMT Nodster
This is a series epic!